Click on the image to view the online version of our May issue.
Last month we heard from several out-of-the-area subscribers who did not receive their copy of Northern Wilds in the mail for two weeks. We checked with the Post Office and learned that bulk-rate mail is moving much slower these days, often taking two weeks or more to reach its destination. This delay doesn’t affect our readers in Cook County, because those copies are mailed and sorted here. For our subscribers in the Twin Cities, or elsewhere in Minnesota and beyond, we are trying a different mailing method this month. Drop us an email to let us know if it improved your delivery time.
You may also notice that this space in the magazine is once again occupied by Shawn and Amber, rather than managing editor Erin Altemus. Erin doesn’t like being chained to a desk job, so she is pursuing other interests. However, she will continue writing stories and sharing her adventures with Northern Wilds readers. Several of our writers have told me Erin was among the best editors they’ve worked with and we agree.
We have two new staff members. Drew Johnson is handling graphic design and printing, as we recently expanded our commercial printing endeavors. A history buff, Drew is also working on the Bally Blacksmith Shop in Grand Marais for the Cook County Historical Society. You may see him at the forge there sometimes during the summer. Richard “Deke” Burnham has joined our editorial staff as assistant editor. He will be writing and editing stories for Northern Wilds.
Another new staff member is currently hanging out in the office, where he distributes puppy kisses (and puppy nibbles) to anyone who wants them. He also gnaws on cardboard boxes the way a beaver gnaws on aspen trees. His AKC name is Rainy River Romeo, but he answers to the name Rainy. He’s already begun learning the ways of the woods with Shawn and 11-year-old yellow Lab Tanner, who is happy to have a new companion. You can learn more about him in this issue.
After a long, cold winter, our contributors have found many ways to celebrate spring—starting with the wonderful Liz Sivertson print that graces our cover. Eric Chandler, who traversed the length of the Superior Hiking Trail last year, shares with us some of the little-known, but wonderful places he discovered along the way. Erin Altemus introduces us to Steve and Sharon Frykmann, an artistic couple who have created two studios within their rural home. In Clover Valley, Kelsey Roseth meets a woman who creates gourmet vinegars. Gord Ellis has the lowdown on the best ways to catch big spring walleyes.
If you are an angler, May is all about fishing. But sunny, warm days beckon all of us to head outside. It will be a few weeks before the black flies and mosquitoes arrive in force, so take a hike, work in the garden or paddle a canoe. Whether or not you go fishing, May is the month to be outdoors and catch whatever fun you can.
—Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt